ATLANTIC: W-L-OT Pts
Tampa Bay 11-2-2 24 points
Toronto 9-7-0 18 points
Ottawa 6-3-5 17 points
Detroit 8-7-1 17 points
Boston 6-4-3 15 points
Montreal 6-8-1 13 points
Florida 4-7-2 10 points
Buffalo 4 8 2 10 points
How They Got Here:
At this point, it can be argued that Tampa is the best team in the league. The most impressive thing about this team is their depth, and also how every single year they seem to bring in new elite young players. This year their new young guns are led by defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and Vladislav Namenstikov.
Off to a pretty good start, Toronto is looking for some scoring consistency behind Auston Matthews. Mitch Marner is off to a rough start after his breakout season last year. This team will also be in the market for one more defenseman as the year goes on.
The Senators got Erik Karlsson back after missing the first few games recovering from his offseason surgery. Ottawa has just landed prized forward Matt Duchene in a three-way trade with The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators. It required them to get rid of Kyle Turris, but Duchene should bring instant pop into the lineup. Expect this team to be in the mix all year.
Detroit has been a bit of a surprise. They’re off to a pretty good start after not having high expectations coming into this season. They have been led by their young forwards Anthony Mantha, Martin Frk, and Dylan Larkin. Of course, we can’t forget about Mike Green who is off to a great start leading the charge on the blue line.
The Bruins are hanging in there in the middle of the pack. The key for this team will be staying healthy. Looking at the roster it appears almost everyone is battling some sort of injury. Once Tuukka Rask is closer to 100% playing like his normal self then this team will be set to compete for a playoff spot. Charlie McAvoy has been impressive to watch on the blue line.
Montreal got off to a horrific start and it looked like it was going to be a long season for this team. However, they have picked up their game as of recent, and are putting themselves back in the mix. The team needs to play better overall in front of Carey Price who can’t do it all himself. The question I have with this team is will they have enough scoring depth.
The Panthers have been a big disappointment for me so far this year. I think this team is better than the way they are playing. The main problem has been allowing way too many goals. As a team, they need to play better defensively. Luongo isn’t at the age where he can do it all on his own. I expect this team to figure it out and get back in the mix.
The Sabres didn’t have high expectations coming into the season, but some people thought this would be the year that they compete for a playoff spot. Thus far, they have not shown any signs of doing so. They could still be adjusting to their new coach Phil Housley, but this team has too many good young pieces to just not put up a fight.
Atlantic Division Games To Watch This Week:
Thursday, November 9:
Minnesota @ Montreal
After Minnesota topped Montreal at home last week, can The Habs bounce back and even the season series on home ice?
Friday, November 10:
Ottawa vs Colorado in Sweden
Matt Duchene gets to take on his new team in a featured NHL game in Sweden. These two teams will play again in Sweden the next day.
Florida @ Buffalo
A good opportunity for one of these teams to get a win and get back into the mix in this division.
Boston @ Toronto
Always a classic between these two, expect a physical game and a great atmosphere in Toronto. These two teams will then play again the next day in Boston.